We are thrilled that Proud of Me by Sarah Hagger-Holt is released today with Usborne. This is Sarah’s second middle-grade novel; a beautiful, accessible, child-centred story about self-acceptance and the importance of opening up to those closest to you.


Becky and Josh are almost-twins, with two mums and the same anonymous donor dad. Josh can’t wait until he’s eighteen, the legal age when he can finally contact his donor, and he’ll do anything to find out more ­­­- even if it involves lying.

Becky can’t stop thinking about her new friend, Carli. Could her feelings for Carli be a sign of something more? Becky and Josh both want their parents to be proud of them…but right now, they’re struggling to even accept themselves.


Sarah’s debut novel, Nothing Ever Happens Here, was Carnegie nominated and received an abundance of praise:

Handled with sensitivity and refreshing humour, Hagger-Holt s debut children s novel is a tribute to inclusivity and acceptance that speaks brilliantly effectively to a vitally important topic.” Waterstones, Best Books to look out for in 2020

“Perfectly pitched, this is a timely, gentle and honest story that will inspire conversations and encourage empathy.” BookTrust

“A barrier-breaking, empathy-inducing story for all.” LoveReading4Kids

“Filled with warm, nuanced characterisation.” The Guardian


Her second novel is already garnering the same acclaim, with authors such as L.D. Lapinksi declaring it ‘a fantastic book’ and Simon James Green a ‘warm and sensitive story about the importance of finding yourself, and the joy, strength and understanding you can get from finding others.’

Sarah Hagger-Holt is the author of Carnegie-nominated middle-grade novel, Nothing Ever Happens Here, as well as writing and researching non-fiction for adults on LGBT experience. Proud of Me is Sarah’s second novel.

Congratulations, Sarah! We are so proud of you and your gorgeous debut.